Library Awarded Muslim Journeys Bookshelf Grant

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that the Trocaire College Library is one of 842 libraries nationwide, and the only library in the area, to be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films and other resources to familiarize the American public with Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world.

Developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association based on the advice of scholars, librarians and other public programming experts, the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is intended to address both the need and desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations. Each participating library will receive 25 books, three documentary films, and access for one year to the Oxford Islamic Studies Online database. Participating libraries will present at least one program for public audiences during the project term, January–December 2013.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf is not intended to be a comprehensive study of Islam as a religion or of the Muslim world in all its complexity. Rather, it seeks to introduce readers to some new and diverse perspectives on the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. The collection has been organized around five themes, including American Stories, Connected Histories, Literary Reflections, Pathways of Faith and Points of View.

Keri Thomas-Whiteside, Reference & User Services Librarian said, “We are extremely honored to be bestowed the Muslim Journey Bookshelf award and will do our best to be good stewards of these materials."

During the month of February, information sessions will be held to introduce the collection to the Trocaire community.  For more information about the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and associated upcoming programs at the library, contact Keri at 716-827-2434 or email

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Major support for the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.